Three and out: Bush returning to hybrid role

Balanced attack: After a career season running the ball, Dolphins RB Reggie Bush might be returning to his old ways. The back told reporters via MiamiDolphins.com, “I think I will be pretty balanced. Hearing them talk, they want to run the ball just as much as they want to throw the ball. Obviously I think my role is going to be a little bit different from last year. I’m going to be split out wide a little bit more, playing more receiver, but for the most part I think we’re still going to run the ball.” Coach Joe Philbin seems to be seeking a more balanced attack and splitting Bush out wide does not bode well for the RB breaking 1,000 yards rushing again. However, Bush’s explosiveness and versatility still will serve fantasy owners well, if he can stay healthy. Bush has never dipped below 6 touchdowns or 725 total yards in a season during which he played ten or more games. Even with the role reversal, he should still be considered a No. 2 back in fantasy drafts this year.

Full boat: Bengals.com reports OC Jay Gruden plans on using a running-back-by-committee approach this season, relying on BenJarvus Green-Ellis for short yardage situations. The result could mean “The Law Firm” shares the ball with not only Bernard Scott, but Brian Leonard as well. With so many mouths to feed, Green-Ellis has limited value as a No. 3 fantasy running back. His production will be largely dependent upon his scoring potential, so fantasy owners should reign in expectations. The Bengals were tied for 21st in the 2011 regular season, scoring only 10 rushing touchdowns.

Still hopeful: Despite missing offseason workouts and the prospect of holding out of training camp, Maurice Jones-Drew is hopeful a deal can be reached. Speaking with NFL Network over the phone, the back stated, “This is the side of the NFL that’s just as real as Sunday.” This was the first time Jones-Drew has admitted publicly his absences are due to his contract. However, he did give reason for optimism; “This is what the NFL is really about. What I can say is that I hope that we can get something done.” The back carried the ball a career-high 343 times last season an is hoping to cash in before hitting the 1,500 career carries mark. If the situation does get resolved before camp, he should still be considered among the elite fantasy backs. If it does linger, owners will have Chris Johnson to reference when making their decision on draft day.

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